When: 4 June to 5 July 2016
Where: Various locations
Main Light up at Geylang Serai area (Near Paya Lebar MRT)
Kampong Glam (Between Muscat & Kandahar Street, Bugis MRT)
Woodlands (Near Woodlands MRT) - Bazaar Raya Utara
Tampines (Near Tampines MRT)
Why: Experience explosion of colours and taste while learning the rich Malay culture and heritage.
Enchanting display of lights along the streets, smell of charcoal smoke in the air, and the call of goods on discount blasting from the speakers – this is the treat that characterises the annual month long Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar.
Muslims around the world fast from dawn-to-dusk during Ramadan to cleanse one’s body and soul. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. For Muslims, the month of Ramadan is devoted to worship, charitable deeds and acts of compassion.
Ramadan is a good time to experience Malay culture and heritage. Main highlight is the Hari Raya Light Up at Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar. This year's Hari Raya light-up promises to be bigger and more spectacular than usual - and will carry a deeper meaning, themed “deepening our kampong (village) spirit".
A 2.8km stretch of Geylang Serai from Still Road to Lorong 101 Changi Road will be filled with lights and festivities. An addition to the festivities will be a series of interactive exhibits, including a giant set of drums and a gong. There will also be a pavilion, decorated with lampu colok or celebratory lights, which takes inspiration from long kampung houses that served as meeting points for families and friends.
You will also find street stalls that open till late night, selling a wide variety of traditional food, fashion accessories, textile and handicrafts. From traditional dresses known as “baju kurung”, songkok, Persian carpets, flower arrangements, furniture and lamps, you will bound to find a keepsake.
A trip to the bazaars is simply not complete without sampling the variety of traditional Malay food, cakes and pastries. Take your pick from Dendeng (Malay version of the Chinese bak kwa made with beef), Putu Piring (steamed dessert served with coconut shavings), Ramly burger, pineapple tarts, ‘ondeh-ondeh’ (made with palm sugar fillings), fried quail and more.
Hari Raya Puasa / Aidilfitri marks the end of Ramadan and this year, it falls on 6 July 2016. Many Malay families will don new traditional clothes, ‘Baju Kurung’ in the same hue, men in loose shirts and trousers and the women in loose fitting full length blouse and skirt combination.
Do you know that Hotel Boss is minutes away from Kampong Glam Bazaar? You can also make a 25mins trip to Geylang Serai light up and bazaar by taking bus service no 2 from Victoria Street. Alternatively, you can take the MRT to Paya Lebar which is just 4 stops away from Lavender MRT.
If you are in Singapore during Ramadan, do not miss the opportunity to experience the rich Malay heritage, and when Hari Raya Aidilfitri comes around, greet our Muslim friends with a joyous “Selamat Hari Raya”.